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Janis Cellini - Governor Jim Edgar Project
Janis Cellini served in Illinois state government for over twenty years, most notably as Personnel Director for Secretary of State Jim Edgar and then as Director of Personnel and Labor Relations during his years as governor. From 1982-1999, Cellini dealt extensively with Republican County chairmen on patronage issues, essentially serving as Edgar's 'patronage chief.'
Interview Session 01 (Audio)
The Cellini family in the early 1950s. From left to right are Edith, Robert, William Jr., William Sr. and Janis. The family lived on the north side of Springfield, and in the vernacular of the day were referred to as ‘Northsiders.’
Governor Edgar and Janis share a lighter moment when Janis received a sign for her ‘Rutan Exempt’ parking sign, all in jest. The Supreme Court’s 1990 Rutan decision dramatically reduced patronage hires for state employees.